Everyone does things that they regret. Obviously those things range from minor to major, but regardless, no one is perfect. The NBA's stars have some of the biggest stages in the world and are performing on a nightly basis which can lead to much scrutiny. Whether it be scrutiny that they face about their game performance, or what they said to the press, every player will face scrutiny no matter what throughout their playing career. A lot of times, these mistakes that they make they end up regretting and wish that people would just forget.
There are also so many possible ways that NBA players can get into trouble these days. They have all of the money in the world, and can be as young as 18 years old. It can be very hard for young millionaires to make smart decisions. Of course they should be held accountable but you also have to expect some mistakes. Even though many of the mistakes may be crimes or trouble with the law, in game performances can also taint many players' legacy.
This list will be detailing things that 15 different NBA stars would probably like you to forget as soon as possible.
15 Matt Barnes - Beating Up Derek Fisher
Matt Barnes is one of the NBA's roughest and toughest players. Recently he, "drove 95 miles to ‘beat the s–t’ out of Derek Fisher." Barnes is quoted by the New York Post as saying, “I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her (his ex's) face." Barnes has been arrested before so this shouldn't come as a surprise that he is once again acting hostile.
Five years ago, he was arrested for allegedly threatening a California cop. The cop had reportedly recognized him for an outstanding warrant for driving without a suspended license.
Barnes is one of the few NBA "bad boys" left and he is embracing the role. Driving 95 miles to bet up a former teammate however, is not a good look.
14 Jahlil Okafor - Off Court Issues
Jahlil Okafor had a solid rookie season but it wasn't without its fair share of ups and downs. Okafor was the subject of a couple of off court issues including driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit (108 mph), and having a fight outside of a bar. He was pulled over on the Ben Franklin Bridge and for the speed he was going, was considered reckless driving.
The fight outside of the bar was in Boston after a loss. Fans were heckling Okafor about the game earlier in the night and Okafor took a couple of swings at the fan. He also yelled, "We got money, you broke-ass." That's not exactly the kind of behavior you want to see out of a young star and we'll see if Okafor learns from it.
13 Joel Embiid - Injury Prone
Joel Embiid has the potential to be the game's best center. He is already a top 5 center when he is on the court and healthy, but unfortunately that isn't very often. The success of the Sixers depends on him. Even though the Sixers have Simmons, after watching just 31 games of Embiid, there is no doubt that he is the franchise player. Embiid posted insane rookie numbers for a guy who hadn't played in over two years. His upside is incredible but he needs to be on the court to produce. The best ability is availability and unfortunately he isn't often available to play. He has had two foot injuries, two foot surgeries, back problems and a torn meniscus and surgery for it. Suffice to say, he has had his fair share of injuries.
12 DeMar DeRozan - Choking vs Cavs
DeMar DeRozan had two of his worst games of the playoffs in his first two games against the Cavs this spring. Of the four games played in the series, three of the them were rough for DeRozan. In Game 1 he only scored 19 points and shot 7-16 from the field. He followed that up with easily his worst performance of the playoffs and maybe his worst ever, scoring 5 points on 2-11 shooting. He had a good Game 3, but didn't do anything spectacular in Game 4. DeMar was supposed to be the Raptors best scorer and scoring five points in a playoff game against a team as good as the Cavs is an automatic loss. He can't disappear like that.
11 Kyle Lowry - Battery
In 2012, Lowry was charged with battery in Los Angeles. He was training in a gym and was playing basketball when a referee made a few calls he didn't agree with. He then threw the ball with all of his force and her and the ref said it knocked her backwards and could have broken her nose had she been sitting up straight. It is unclear why Lowry would get so angry about a small pickup game.
Corey Maggette, who he was playing with apologized for Lowry and later Lowry did as well. Regardless, Lowry needs to keep his temper under control and it seems like he has because I haven't heard anything bad about him since. He would like people to forget about this nonetheless.
10 Blake Griffin - Assault/Battery
Blake Griffin has a few things that he would like people to forget. One being that the Clippers still haven't won a championship, but mostly his battery charge. Although he was dismissed, it is not a good look for himself, the organization or the league. Griffin also punched a Clippers trainer last season. Not only did he punch a staff member, but he broke his hand doing so.
Even though the trainer was said to be a friend of Griffin's, there is still no reason to punch him so hard that you break your own hand. Griffin has also been seen doing some other outlandish things on the bench of games like stuffing a trainer's face into his crotch. This may or may not be the same trainer but if so, he needs to stand up for himself.
9 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - DUI
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is an incredibly talented young player and he will likely get a nice fat contract in the offseason this year. However, he must limit his offseason issues if he wants to be a star in the NBA. He was arrested for DUI in March. After he was pulled over for speeding, he was asked to perform field sobriety tests which he failed.
Pope definitely isn't the only NBA player who has a DUI or two; Ty Lawson has had multiple and that's one of the reasons he isn't playing much these days. Athletes in general can't seem to stay out of trouble regarding drinking and driving laws.
Pope however has a bright future as long as he gets his off court issues under control.
8 Draymond Green - Kicking Multiple Players in the Crotch
Draymond Green earned a reputation for being a dirty player last season after multiple incidents where he flailed his legs in the air and kicked players in the groin. People call him a donkey because of all his kicking. Green calls his kicks accidental and a natural body movement but many NBA fans and analysts beg to differ. Once might be an accident, but when you repeatedly kick players in their soft spot, people are going to start calling you a dirty player.
Draymond apparently doesn't think so because he has been calling out other dirty plays from the playoffs. How does he have room to talk? Oh and should we also point out the leaks of his crotch on social media? Perhaps that was poetic justice for him targeting so many groins?
7 Anthony Davis - Zero Playoff Wins
Anthony Davis is, in my opinion, the best young player in the NBA. He can do it all and is probably the most versatile and athletic center in the league. There is no way that it's his fault that he and the Pelicans haven't won a playoff game yet, but he has to feel the pressure. No matter how great he is in the regular season, it means nothing if he can't make the playoffs or gets swept in the first round.
All great players make the playoffs and most get past the first round. Now that DeMarcus Cousins has joined the Pelicans, there is no excuse for them not getting past the first round. Hey, they can at least win a single game next year, can't they?
6 James Harden - Game 6 Performance vs Spurs
James Harden had the worst game of his life game 6 against the Spurs. For the first time ever, James Harden, the MVP finalist, didn't look like James Harden. In fact James Harden looked like someone off of the street with a James Harden suit on. Harden finished 2-11 in the game and only had 10 points. In addition, he only took two, two point field goals in the entire game. The only shots he made were two threes and 4 free throws. To disappear in the most important game of your season is embarrassing. To top things off, in the post game interview he didn't seem phased that his team just got eliminated and are done for the season. He even tried to deflect some blame onto his teammates which isn't fair to them. The Spurs didn't even have their best defender and player, Kawhi Leonard.
5 Carmelo Anthony - No Rings
Carmelo Anthony is a prolific iso scorer, but he doesn't make his teammates better and that's what separates him from great players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Every team Carmelo is on seems to have some personality issues as well. Melo isn't easy to get along with because he shoots so much. Iso scoring isn't exactly the most efficient way of scoring in the NBA and Melo just hasn't adapted. He wants out of New York and is likely chasing a ring because thus far, he hasn't won a ring and hasn't even been very close.
He's won at every level except the NBA, so this has to be eating away at him.
In order for him to win a ring, he will have to become more of a team player and a better defender. If not, he will retire ringless. That will be his biggest regret I'm sure.
4 Stephen Curry - Choking in 2016 Finals
After having the greatest regular season in NBA history, the Warriors were destined to win it all. Once making to the finals, the Warriors took a commanding 3-1 lead. No team had ever blown a 3-1 lead but the Warriors were the first to do so, and Steph Curry, the Warriors best player, obviously had a big role in blowing the lead. Everyone on the Warriors should be ashamed of blowing the lead but especially Curry because he was the leader and best player on the team at the time. Curry didn't play especially well in the 2015 finals either by Steph Curry standards but he rebounded well this year in the finals. He almost averaged a triple double. I have no doubt that a lot of pressure was alleviated by Durant.
3 D'Angelo Russell - Video of Nick Young
D'Angelo Russell wasn't quite ready for the off court portion of his NBA journey, or the on court portion for that matter, but that is a discussion for another time. Russell lacked the maturity to handle himself and he idiotically posted a video of Nick Young talking abut cheating on his girlfriend. Nick Young and the rest of the team lost a lot of respect for Russell and he was almost traded. I'm still not sure how well liked Russell was in Los Angeles following the incident. Perhaps his recent trade to Brooklyn is punishment enough. It's a little surprising that he and Nick Young managed to co-exist for this long, but the trade ensures any awkwardness has left the room.
2 LeBron James - Finals Record
LeBron would be considered the G.O.A.T if his Finals record was undefeated like Jordan's. He would have eight championships at this point and that would make him one of the most winningest players the NBA has ever seen. The biggest knock on LeBron is that he has lost more finals than he has won. This taints his legacy permanently.
If LeBron could erase one thing from NBA fans minds, it would be his finals record without a doubt. Although his finals record is bad, it could be even worse. At this point he could be 2-6 but he made the miraculous comeback from down 3-1 last year. At this point though, being 3-5, LeBron would be lucky if he's able to finish his career with a .500 Finals record.
1 Kevin Durant - Abandoning the Thunder
Kevin Durant will forever be known as a snake, sellout, soft, etc. for his free agency decision. Even though he won the finals this year with the Warriors, and was Golden State's best player in doing so, it didn't seem right. All most people could think about was the how he just joined the team. Some fans will argue, "A ring is a ring" but others say, "KD winning his first championship with the Warriors is like losing your virginity to a prostitute."
It's just too easy and it shouldn't really count, but it does. At the end of the day, he has a ring and Westbrook doesn't. At least Westbrook has the respect of most people. Hopefully Westbrook can add a ring on top of the respect he has.